Grand Vin de Stellenbosch Sauvignon Blanc

2018

The Vineyards

Vines: Planted in 2005

Yield: 7 t/ha

Irrigation: Dry land

Trellising: 5 wire Perold system

Climate: Vineyards in Devon Valley benefit from close proximity to both the Indian and Atlantic oceans with cool sea breezes that influence the mild Mediterranean climate.

Soils: Evolved from decomposed Cape Granite and range from deep well drained clay loam to gravelly and sandy duplex soils positioned on clay.


Vintage Overview

Wine grape producers and cellars in South Africa are positive about the quality of wines from the 2018 harvest, despite challenging conditions resulting in one of the smallest crops in more than a decade.The 2018 harvest season was challenging due to a prolonged drought which some believe to be the worst in 100 years and was accompanied by water restrictions and frost damage in some areas.


Winemaking

The fruit was picked early in the morning, kept cold and pressed after 15 hours of skin contact to extract extra flavour from the grape skins. The resulting juice was treated reductively, keeping oxygen out and preserving the delicate flavours. The juice fermented for 18 days at an average of 13 degrees in stainless steel tanks and then kept on the lees until bottling. Partially fermented in second fill French oak barrels.

Veritas 2019
Silver Medal
Julia Harding, MW
16.5 points
Harpers Wine Star Awards
Regional Winner/5* Value

Winemaker

Deon Joubert


Grape Variety

100% Sauvignon Blanc



Tasting Note

This crisp and vibrant, modern Sauvignon Blanc has well defined gooseberry and green pepper aromas on the nose which are complimented by soft, ripe passion fruit flavours on a full palate with a long, lingering finish.


Ready to drink but will develop favourably in bottle for 3 or 4 years.


Wine Specifications

Alcohol: 14%
Volatile acidity: 0
Total acidity: 3.4 g/l
Total sugars (gluc+fruct): 3.4 g/l
Allergy advice: Contains sulphites